GREETINGS AND SALUTATIONS
On August 2, 2007, the US Senate declared September to be “National Bourbon Heritage Month.” The bill, sponsored by Senator Jim Bunning of Kentucky, passed by unanimous consent. It encourages citizens to celebrate the family heritage, tradition and deep-rooted legacy that the bourbon industry contributes to the United States. In honor of this resolution, the city of Bardstown, Kentucky has hosted the Kentucky Bourbon Festival every September since 1991.
If hopping on a plane to Kentucky is not in the cards for you next week, you can always make your way down to the Library to celebrate one of the largest collections of bourbon west of the Mississippi.
In particular, don’t miss your chance to sample the newly arrived MWL Weller 107! Read on for more information about this newest addition to the MWL Single Barrel collection. Also, there are limited seats still available to our Teeling Whiskey Pairing Dinner as well as the Meet Your Maker with Rasmus Just from Diageo featuring a fantastic lineup of Coastal Scotch Whiskies.
As always, we appreciate your readership and look forward to seeing you in the Library!
Your Friends at the Library
NEWLY ACQUIRED SPIRITS
GLEN GRANT 18YR
Single Malt, ck ex-Bourbon, 43 abv
COMPASS BOX DELILAH’S XXV
Limited Edition Blended Scotch, NCF, ck American Oak and Sherry, 46 abv
Sotol, 38 abv
Mezcal Artesanal, Tepextate, 46 abv
UNDER THE SCOPE EDUCATION MANAGER COLIN HOWARD FEATURING GLEN GRANT 18
Can a whisky exude a certain personality? Aromas and flavors are often compared to different foods or elements in nature, but can they reflect a mood or disposition within us? In whisky, “bigness” is often what grabs the spotlight, whether it be from peat smoke or sherry cask aging, so it can be very refreshing when one is presented with a pour that seems to express “calmness” and “patience” in contrast.
This question of personality arose after just tasting Glen Grant’s 18 year old single malt. While the flavors are classic to a Highland single malt, the defining “hook” of this whisky is a peacefulness that weaves itself amongst the very inviting notes of toffee, citrus, and honey that make up its more definable qualities.
Glen Grant has been distilling since 1839, and its subtle yet charismatic style has no doubt had time to mature and evolve over the years into its current iterations. The distillery was started by brothers James and John Grant, who wasted no time in producing a lot of whisky and working very hard to make sure there were plenty or railways leading to and from their home base of Rothes taking their product far and wide.
In 1872, John’s son, also named John, took over production and kept the same high pace of growth adding new stills, new markets, and was even the first in Scotland to add electric lighting to his distillery. Amongst all this expansion and industrialization, Glen Grant was also installing a huge complex of greenhouses and extensive formal gardens. Perhaps this detail speaks more to their ethereal style of whisky than the decades of relentless commercial efforts it actually took to make it.
Of course all that hard work paid off and Glen Grant is now a mainstay at bars all across the world rubbing shoulders with the top names in peated and sherry cask-aged single malts. Its contrast to these types of whiskies can be a breath of fresh air to Scottish whisky fans seeking a pure expression of the spirit as the category as a whole continues the expand and experiment. The Glen Grant 18 year old delivers right on the mark in this respect with lean, toasty malt flavors and caramel-like barrel notes. For all its enticing flavors though, the Grant 18’s parting message following each sip seems to be “slow down, sit back, and take a deep breath.” Good advice from a seasoned veteran of the game.
As described by Harry Craddock in the seminal 1930 Savoy Cocktail Book, a Corpse Reviver is “to be taken before 11 a.m., or whenever steam and energy are needed.” The Corpse Reviver was once an entire genre of purportedly hangover-curing cocktails.
The Library’s upgraded version of the classic features hand-squeezed Meyer lemon and Monkey 47, a German gin with delicious berry and herbal notes. We then chose Cap Corse Mattei Blanc Quinaquina, a Corsican fortified wine, and Royal Combier to add notes of nutmeg, cardamom, cinnamon, saffron and myrrh. Caution is required however! According to Craddock, “Four of these taken in swift succession will unrevive the corpse again.
LITTLE GEM LETTUCE, ELDERBERRY BALSAMIC REDUCTION, BUTTERMILK & BASIL DRESSING
Come celebrate the brief and wonderfully capricious season of local Heirloom tomatoes! Chef Ben has created a new summer dish worthy of these beautiful and delicious fruits. Sliced tomatoes drizzled in olive oil and elderberry balsamic reduction are topped with Little Gems tossed in a creamy buttermilk and basil dressing. Available in the Library while tomato season lasts!
MWL SINGLE BARREL COLLECTION WELLER 107
The Old Fashioned is MWL’s most popular cocktail, so we put a lot of care and attention into what goes in the glass. No ingredient is more important than the whiskey, of course, so we decided to seek out a bourbon built to our exact specifications. That search lead us to Buffalo Trace Distillery where we selected an exclusive and limited collection of Weller 107 barrels as the backbone to our signature Old Fashioned.
Weller 107 is one of the most celebrated wheated bourbons in the country, and each bottle used here at MWL represents a hand-selected single barrel chosen for its unique “mixability” in this time-tested cocktail.
Be sure to start your next visit to MWL with this one-of-a-kind classic!
Angel’s Envy Cocktail Class
Featuring Tanqueray 10 and Bulleit Rye